The Rays announced that they have placed right-hander Diego Castillo on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Tuesday, with right groin tightness. The club reinstated righty Pete Fairbanks from the 10-day IL in a corresponding move.
Tampa Bay will have to go at least the next week-plus without its primary closer in Castillo, who easily leads the team with seven saves in nine attempts. Beyond that, Castillo has posted a more-than-respectable 3.14 ERA/2.87 SIERA with an outstanding 34.5 percent strikeout rate over 14 1/3 innings. The early results suggest Castillo is well on his way to a fourth consecutive solid season to begin his major league career.
Fairbanks made three appearances and threw 2 2/3 innings before the Rays placed him on the IL on April 9 with a right rotator cuff strain. The 27-year-old said then that he was likely to miss about a month, which proved to be accurate. Fairbanks accumulated 26 2/3 quality frames as a member of the Rays last season, when he posted a 2.70 ERA/3.48 SIERA with a 33.3 percent strikeout rate, a 12 percent walk rate and a 46.8 percent groundball rate.
Congratulations, John Means. The first Orioles no-hitter in 30 years; the first complete game no-no for an Orioles pitcher since Jim Palmer in 1969. The only batter to reach base was Sam Haggerty, who struck out on a wild pitch and was subsequently caught stealing. He threw 26 first-pitch strikes out of 27 batters. You can bet his dad is smiling down on his best friend in life.
Mmmm, arb=eligible at the end of the year….start the trade proposals….
Nah, Means looked like an artist out there today…Mickey Lolich-ish. Great post game interview to boot. The O’s got a keeper.
Means, Mullins, Mancini, Mouncastle (ya, he’ll hit at some point)…killer “M-s”….. A core…it’s a start…
Dumpster Divin Theo
Is there a Means to an End for this misplaced post? Baltimore is down the hall, third door on the right. But yay congrats
He means well
Diego will be missed. Hope he’s back soon!